The honeymoon seems to be over between Rob Ryan and Saints head coach Sean Payton. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, New Orleans is expected to look elsewhere for a new defensive coordinator.
The relationship between Saints head coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has been rapidly deteriorating this season, with it privately acknowledged within the team’s headquarters that the men strongly dislike each other and a change is inevitable this offseason.
There have been several animated sideline discussions between them, including again in Monday night’s defeat, and sources said that is reflection of their growing disconnect and contempt that has been obvious to many within the team for quite some time. Ryan is generally well liked within the team, but Payton demands much from his coordinators and assistants and the defense has regressed rapidly this season (albeit with injuries and personnel deficiencies clearly part of the problem as well).
Ryan helped the unit improve considerably in 2014, his first year on the job, but the results this season have been disastrous.
According to the the report, the two men have developed a hatred for one another over this long season. Payton has gone through several defensive coordinators in recent years, from Gregg Williams to Steve Spagnuolo to now Ryan.